Despite the fact that they are overseeing an increase of virtually valueless degrees and students struggle with rising costs, the Arizona Board of Regents on Thursday approved raises for Arizona State University President Michael Crow, Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng and University of Arizona President Robert Robbins.
The base salary adjustments for each of the presidents will be reflected in amendments to their multiple-year contracts.
Presidential salaries approved by the board today are:
● Arizona State University (ASU) President Michael Crow will receive a $690,000 base salary, an increase from $600,000. The new rate is retroactively effective as of Jan. 1, 2018.
● Northern Arizona University (NAU) President Rita Cheng will receive a $475,000 base salary, an increase from $390,000. The new rate is retroactively effective as of Jan. 1, 2018.
● University of Arizona (UA) President Robert Robbins will receive a $675,000 base salary, an increase from $600,000. The new rate is effective as of July 1, 2018.
The Board also authorized scheduled future increases to each president’s base salary of 3.5 percent per year to be effective on September 1, 2019, September 1, 2020 and September 1, 2021. Unless the board takes action to alter a scheduled increase, the increases would go into effect without further board action.
The regents are appointed by the governor.
In 2017, the Regents unanimously a three-year contract for Robbins that included a base salary of $600,000 annually as part of a total compensation package of nearly $1 million.
In April, the regents voted in favor of gouging students once again when they approved 2018-19 tuition and fees for Arizona’s public universities.
Incoming resident freshmen at the University of Arizona (UA) will see a 2 percent increase in tuition. Northern Arizona will see a 3.5 percent increase in tuition.
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